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Protecting Employee and Student Inventions in Turkey

August 4, 2020

With their sights set to promote local innovation and nurture a creative ecosystem, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) published a set of guidelines on employee inventions and inventions made in higher education institutions.

With the newly minted guidelines in force, the TURKPATENT aims to provide information and guidance about practices related to inventions as regulated by the local Law. Nonetheless, these regulations, which are not legally binding, do not provide commentary on the provisions relating to the inventions. They do, however, clarify several aspects regarding inventions, such as the uncertainties regarding entitlement among institutions concerning inventions involving multiple institutions.

In practice, the regulations will offer guidance to the authorities concerned when applying the Law, and will foster the necessary landscape to promote innovation. With this in mind, we expect there will be increasing commercialization efforts of the inventions on the national level, promoting Turkish science and scientists, and the economy and society as a whole.

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